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AmitChugh
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March 16, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Hello everyone

there are many benefits of it. thats why i am searching for it. i did not find it in my city.

is there any way to prepare coco peat at home .? if any, please explain. it will very helpfull to me and others who do not get coco peat at there place. brown coconuts are available here.

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Me too want cocopeat and waiting for a clue on its availability  in Chennai  , i  think there is no gardener from chennai  in this forum , gg  will you help me pls.

 

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March 22, 2011 - 9:31 am

hmmm. coco peat is not available everywhere. not even in my city. so its better to find a way so that we can prepare coco peat at home.

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TN is the best place to go for cocopeat actually...try contacting TNAU on their website, I'm sure they will tell you where to get it... Google Tamil Nadu Agricultural University

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I called up a few people in Chennai who were exporters of cocopeat, no one was even interested in listening to me, apparently its a big business to export it out.

A cousin of mine told me that the cheapest way to source it is to go to places where they make the coir ropes, you will see mounds of cocopeat uncared for , haven't tried it yet.

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March 22, 2011 - 10:39 pm

is it possible to use the outer shell of the brown coconut as cocopeat?

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AmitChugh said:

is it possible to use the outer shell of the brown coconut as cocopeat?


Do you mean the hard shell, if so no.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coir

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_Peat

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March 23, 2011 - 10:20 am

ramna said:


Do you mean the hard shell, if so no.
 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coir

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_Peat


no, i mean outer shell of fibers that covers the hard shell.
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AmitChugh said:

ramna said:


Do you mean the hard shell, if so no.

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coir

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coco_Peat


no, i mean outer shell of fibers that covers the hard shell.
 

Sure ! Thats what becomes coco peat. I have  not tried it in container gardening yet, but any time I plant a seedling, I spread a couple of layers of this husk around the bottom, it retains water for a long time. Its also supposed to contain Trichoderma which is supposed to be beneficial to the plants.My tomato and ladies finger plants did not wither at all even under sporadic watering.
 

If you try to separate the fibres, you will see a powdery substance falling off and sticking to your clothes, be careful with this, since it doesnt seem to absorb water too much and also seems to suffocate the soil, so I just use chunks of the husk without separating the fibres too much.

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Brother,

 

I have used rice husk as an alternative for coco-peat. It also posses very high water storing capacity. More over it has lot of nutrients required for the growth of plants.

It is also cheaper. try searching for Wheat husk near your area , believe this can also be an alternative.

Because of the export market, coco-peat had become costlier 🙂

 

Thanks

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March 25, 2011 - 9:38 pm

hi muru,

thanks for the info. this is quite new thing for me. what micture is suitable with rice husk or wheat husk ? alone rice husk can be used as seed starting medium and kitchen gardenibg ? what is your experince...?

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Try out in Prathna Nursery in Injambakkam they have Redsoil, Manure & coco peat..Good Luck

Manik

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dont ask for coco peat they might not know ask for Cocunut fibre or " Thenga naru" which is the so called word in tamil

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Price Rs. 15 / Kg Thanks!

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March 26, 2011 - 4:21 pm

thanks but thats chennai address. will they deliver at my place ? i am from haryana. and what will the cost of delivery.?

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i will give you their email id you might send them a mail and check whether if they can courier you the same...Thanks!

perikali_trading@yahoo.co.in

 

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ramna said:

I called up a few people in Chennai who were exporters of cocopeat, no one was even interested in listening to me, apparently its a big business to export it out.

A cousin of mine told me that the cheapest way to source it is to go to places where they make the coir ropes, you will see mounds of cocopeat uncared for , haven't tried it yet.


Hi Ramna,  this should be usefull for you and if you are looking for Cocopeat then try out at
KAIVALYA Nursery AL 259,Shanti Colony Main Road, Anna
Nagar, Chennai - 600040(landmark: Near SMF hospital).

Ph# 65516416/98407 50168

Cost Rs 15/Kg

 

available in coir form at Prathna Nursery Injambakkam which would cost Rs. 50/bag ( Cement Bag)

this should help you. Thanks

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tks a lot , called them got details , planning to visit this sat.

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Hi

 

I bought cocopeat @Rs.15/kg. It is in powdered form whereas i was having 'blocks' in mind.

1.Can i go ahead with planting in this coco peat powder ?

2.I was told to mix vermi in 4:1 ratio is it correct ?

3. do i hv to add some red soil also ?

4.Does it fit well in Chennai climate?

pls guide me as people i checked  locally are not very sure and another nursery at Kodungaiyur (from where i buy my plants regularly ) was not impressed on my idea of using coco peat i/o soil .

tks

Bini

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Bini, 
Cocopeat is available in blocks and also in loose form. The loose form will be wet and usually comes in 25 kg bag. In Bangalore, the standard cost of 5kg block is Rs.150 and loose form i.e. 25kg bag is Rs.125. 
If your cocopeat(1kg) is dry then water it and see if the volume increases to 5Kg. If it does then cocopeat @Rs 15/kg is a good buy. 
You can use cocopeat as a planting medium but depends on what you plan to plant. If its greens or such leafy vegetables then you will be fine but if you plan to plant a tomato(or anything which grows slightly tall) then you will need to mix red soil else the root will not hold. 
Cocopeat on its own will not supply any nutritions to the plant, so you will need to mix compost along with cocopeat. Compost like cocopeat will hold water. I do not add vermicompost when making potting mix but add & mix it to the top layer only. Continue adding couple of handful of vermicompost once in 2 weeks if its a vegetable plant.
The approx Cocopeat/compost ratio could be 3:1, provided you continue to feed nutrients once in 15 days. For plants growing vertical, add one portion of red soil. Increase the red soil portion as needed... for ex, when creating potting mix for a dwarf papaya plant, I would use cocopeat and red soil in the ratio of 1:1. 
Hope this helps! Cheers, STS
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